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David Keller Travel Grants
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Each year the American Society for Theatre Research awards three grants of $800 each in honor of the late David Mathias Keller (1936-1994), Professor of English, Speech and Theatre at the City University of New York's Kingsborough Community College and a Visiting Professor at Cornell University. Professor Keller - a director, actor and production manager - also served as the Treasurer of ASTR for many years. The purpose of the grants is to encourage untenured scholars with terminal degrees to become active members of the Society by helping them to meet the expenses of attending the ASTR annual meeting in November. ASTR conference registration fees will be waived for grant winners.


Any untenured scholars with terminal degrees, including independent scholars and tenure-track and adjunct faculty, are eligible.


Applications should include:

  • A single-page essay (under 350 words, with 1.5 line spacing, 12-point type, and 1-inch margins) explaining the value of attending the next ASTR meeting at this stage in your professional development, and
  • A copy of your curriculum vitae.

These materials should be uploaded below in a single document. The document should be in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) or Microsoft Word (.doc or docx) format.


Applications will be judged by a committee comprised of Megan Lewis (Chair), Kimi Johnson and Jane Duncan. Criteria include the quality of the applicant's expression of interest in attending this ASTR meeting and on the applicant’s record of achievement in scholarship and/or service. Send queries to Megan Lewis.

Note: In the event that a person is chosen to receive more than one award to help defray the costs of attending the ASTR conference, that person will receive the money associated with the larger of the two awards but will be acknowledged as a winner of both. The relevant awards committees shall have the right to disburse monies unspent by the award recipient to support additional worthy applicants.

View previous David Keller Travel Award winners here.

The application form for this award will be available in May 2017.

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